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James hit the nail on the head when he questioned the idea of doing a survey before a sail trial. Sail trials serve two purposes. First of all they provide information for your subjective review of the boat by which I mean, it helps you decide whether you personally like the way this boat sails. It also provides objective information on whether the gear and hardware works properly, the sails set properly, and the deck layout works efficiently.
It is only when you a sure that you want to buy the boat that you do the survey.
With regards to how boats like these sail. I have not sailed a Triangle but have sailed other designs this era. Typically they are a real mixed bag. They tend to be tender, wet and not all that had to sink. Most boats of this era lacked sef-bailing cockpits and were tender enough that they required vigilence, skill and care to sail safely.
Boats like these were notorious for developing wicked weather helm in a breeze. it is not so much a matter of the large mainsail as it is a function of the large keel angles these boats were sailed at and the moment between center of drag and the center of effort.
If truly ortiginal the rigs on boats like these were fagile, thier hardware high friction, low mechanical advantage and a bit fragile as well.
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Curmudgeon at Large- and rhinestone in the rough, sailing my Farr 11.6 on the Chesapeake Bay
Last edited by Jeff_H; 10-16-2009 at 04:56 PM.